"Oh, hey Dawn. Where's Buffy?"
"She's training out the back. She's pretty upset about this whole Mom thing. I think she needs to work off a little steam."
The sounds of a punching bag receiving a severe beating could faintly be heard coming from the back of the shop.
"What about you, Dawn? How are you holding up?" asked Willow.
"I'm pretty freaked I guess. I mean, Mom's been saying some weird things. I hope the doctors can make her better."
"Yeah, I guess. It's just, I'm really worried, you know? And it's not like I even get a break from school or anything, I mean, here I am doing homework. Buffy gets to hit things, and I have to do math. It's not fair."
"Well, you know math is important" the red haired witch replied, "you might need it someday, although, in Sunnydale, learning to hit things is probably more useful, now that I think about it. I'm not helping, am I?"
"It's OK. I'm sick of this anyway." Dawn shoved her books away in disgust. "Willow, could you teach me a spell?" she asked.
"Uh, I don't know if you're old enough to start learning spells yet." Willow could hear the pleading in Dawn's voice, but she didn't want to get in trouble with Mrs Summers, or worse, Buffy.
"That's what Mom said. I wish everyone would stop treating me like a little kid, I am almost 15 you know." Dawn thought that Willow would be cooler about this. After all Willow wasn't much older than Dawn when she got into witchcraft.
"Spellcasting can be dangerous, Dawn. Remember what happened when Xander cast that love spell on Cordelia?"
Willow thought back to that day. She thought that she had loved Xander, until that spell showed her what real love felt like. She realised then that Xander was just a crush. Even when she was with Oz, she never really felt that intense desire, the need to be with him always. It was only now, with Tara that she felt that way again. The blonde witch made Willow's insides go all gooey whenever she was around, and when she wasn't, it was like a part of Willow was missing. No one had ever made her feel like that before.
"WillowWillow" Dawn had been calling the redhead's name for ages.
"Gees, what planet were you on?"
"Sorry, I guess I kinda wandered off. What were we talking about?"
"Spells remember? You were gonna teach me a spell. I mean you and Tara do spells like, all the time, and nothing ever goes wrong, so if you help me, it'll be OK." Dawn hoped that would bring Willow around.
"Oh, we don't always do spells. Sometimes we just" Willow stopped herself before she went too far.
"Sometimes you just what?" asked Dawn innocently.
"Uh, nothing. I don't think you're old enough for that either." Willow was starting to get uncomfortable. She wished Buffy would finish training so she didn't have to answer any more of Dawn's questions.
"C'mon, Willow, no one ever tells me anything around here. I'm sick of being the only one who doesn't know anything. Apart from Xander, I mean."
Willow felt herself blushing as she thought about the things she and Tara did together. When they made love, it was like time stopped and the moment seemed to last forever, but when it was over, it always seemed too quick, and Willow couldn't wait to have Tara again.
"Willow, are you and Tara gay?"
"What?!" Dawn's question intruded on Willow's thoughts, bringing her crashing back to earth.
"Well, Mom said that you two were living an 'alternative lifestyle' which I assumed meant you being witches and all, but this kid at school said it meant that you're gay. So, like, is it true?"
"I don't know, Dawn. All I know is that I'm in love with Tara, and she's in love with me, and I didn't mean for it to happen it just did."
"So you are gay." Said Dawn.
"It's not that simple. I mean, things happened with Oz and then Tara came along, and well, you can't choose who you fall in love with, you know?"
"But, how could you fall in love with a girl? I mean, that's gross."
"Dawn!" Willow was hurt by the younger girl's remark, but she knew that Dawn didn't really know what she was saying. "You're just a kid so you don't understand."
"Stop saying I'm just a kid! I thought you would treat me like a real person, Willow. I mean, I know stuff, you know, about sex. So, if I don't understand then why don't you explain it to me?"
Willow knew she should stop right now, but she really needed to talk to someone about Tara. She'd tried talking to Buffy, and even though the Slayer accepted Willow's relationship, she always got wigged when Willow went into the intimate details. Maybe Dawn would be a little more open-minded. She seemed to genuinely want to know and understand.
"At first Tara and I were just friends, you know. We hung out, did spells and stuff, but I wasn't attracted to her. At least, I tried to tell myself I wasn't. It was after Oz came back, that I knew that I was in love with her, and I had to be with her. I'll never forget our first night together."
Willow stood outside the door of Tara's room, holding a large candle.
"No candles. Well, I brought one. It's extra flamey" said Willow as she entered the room. "Tara I have to tell you"
"No, I-I understand. You have to be with the person you l-love."
"I am" said Willow
"Oh yes" Tara said as a smile lit up her face.
"I feel horrible about everything I put you through, and I'm going to make it up to you, starting right now."
A mischievous grin crossed Tara's face as she blew out the candle. Darkness enveloped the room, and as Willow's eyes adjusted she could just make out the silhouette of Tara framed by the moonlight coming in the window. Willow reached her hand up to Tara's face, leaning in to kiss her passionately. Tara wrapped her arms around her lover, pressing their bodies together. She enjoyed the feeling of Willow's smaller breasts pressed against her own. Willow gently pushed Tara back towards the bed. As Tara lay back on the bed, Willow removed her top and climbed on top of Tara. Sitting on the blonde witch's hips, Willow leaned in to kiss her again, her tongue gently pushing its way past Tara's lips into her mouth. Tara's body responded by pushing involuntarily up against Willow's. Willow broke the kiss long enough to remove Tara's top and bra. She took Tara's breasts in her hands, gently caressing them, lightly circling each nipple with her thumbs. Tara's breathing became heavier, and she moaned Willow's name. Tara reached up and removed Willow's bra, pulling her down so their breasts pressed together as she kissed her girlfriend again.
Willow moved down Tara's body to take her left breast in her mouth, sucking on the nipple, then running her tongue around it, causing Tara to arch her back, trying to get as much of her breast into Willow's mouth as she could. Tara was being driven wild by Willow's mouth on her breast when suddenly Willow moved down, tracing kisses across Tara's stomach. Willow undid Tara's pants and pulled them off quickly, then continued her kisses down Tara's leg, then back up her inner thigh. As she neared the top of Tara's thigh, Willow paused to move the material of Tara's panties to one side, then quickly ran her tongue across Tara's lips, causing the blonde to moan loudly. Willow hooked her fingers under the waistband of Tara's panties and slowly pulled them over the girl's hips and down her legs. Throwing the panties on the floor, Willow buried her head between Tara's thighs. Gently parting Tara's lips, Willow licked her from bottom to top, then slowly pushed her tongue into Tara's opening. Tara was squirming on the bed, clutching the sheets, and trying desperately not to cry out. Willow pushed her tongue further into Tara's body, pleased by the reaction she was causing in her lover.
When Tara thought she could take no more, Willow withdrew her tongue and started sucking on Tara's clit, creating pleasure unlike anything Tara had ever felt before. When Willow's tongue started tracing little patterns of fire on her clit, Tara finally erupted in orgasm. Her thighs tightened around Willow's head and her whole body quivered as wave after wave of intense pleasure rocked her body.
When Tara recovered, she loosened her grip on Willow's head. The redhead moved up to lie on top of her naked lover. Looking into Tara's eyes, she saw total love reflected in her gaze. She kissed Tara again, even more intensely than before. Tara, tasting herself on Willow's lips, felt her passion re-igniting, and roughly rolled Willow over onto her back. She wasted no time in removing the rest of Willow's clothes. She admired Willow's perfectly formed body, then leaned over to suck on her breast, fondling the other with her hand. She slipped one leg between Willow's as she feasted on the redhead's nipple. Willow clasped tight to Tara's thigh, as it pressed against her mound. She began to rub herself against Tara's leg, moistening it with her juices. Tara reached down and placed her hand on Willow's centre, feeling the heat emanating from it. She slipped a finger inside Willow, and was rewarded with a loud gasp from her girlfriend. Tara slid her finger in and out, then added another finger and used her thumb to stimulate Willow's clit. Willow thrust her hips upwards, trying to bury Tara's fingers as deep inside her as she could. Tara moved her mouth up and kissed Willow deeply, her tongue forcing its way into Willow's mouth. Willow was shocked and surprised by the aggressive turn Tara had taken, but she was also excited, knowing that this was a side of Tara that she alone would see. She enjoyed lying helpless under Tara's lust-fuelled assault. The blonde was touching places inside Willow she didn't know were there, sending immense waves of pleasure through Willow's entire body. She felt herself stiffen as her orgasm approached, then the release as it broke free and washed through her body.
Tara removed her fingers and snuggled up to Willow, the witches' naked bodies entwined together. For a long time they lay together, feeling the warmth and comfort of being in each other's arms.
"I love you, Willow" Tara said finally.
"I know, and I love you too, Tara. With all my of heart and all of my soul."
"And all of your body?" asked Tara cheekily.
"Yes, that too." Said Willow
"Really, again?" Willow was surprised Tara was ready so soon.
"Uh huh, I mean, you know if you want to" Tara said nervously.
"Of course I want to, Tara" Willow kissed Tara again and the two girls lost themselves in the heat of their passion.
"We made love all night long, and it was the most romantic, passionate, loving and exciting night of my life. But it was also kinda scary. I mean, it was my first time with a girl, and it was Tara's first time with anyone, so it was all new to both of us, but we loved each other and we somehow just knew what to do, like we just fit together naturally. And that's how it's always felt with her, like we are meant to be together. That's how I know it's right." Willow was exhausted. She'd been talking non-stop for almost an hour as she explained the details of her relationship to Buffy's little sister. She felt better for it, but she wondered if she had told Dawn too much. Dawn had just sat there the whole time, not saying a word and now she was just sitting, staring at the table.
"Dawn, did I freak you out? I did, didn't I? I'm sorry, I shouldn't have told you all that stuff, I'm a bad, bad, bad person. I"
Slowly Dawn lifted her eyes to meet Willow's.
"Wow. Willow I had no idea it was like that, so powerful, so real. I kinda just thought you were being trendy, you know. Anyway I'm sorry about what I said before."
"It's OK Dawn, really" Willow could see she'd gotten through to the younger girl.
"Thanks, Willow, you know for talking to me like a real person, not just some kid."
Willow smiled at Dawn. "Sure, and if there's anything else you need to know just asksomeone else. Just kidding."
"Hey guys, watcha talking about?" Buffy asked, emerging from the training room.
"Willow was just explaining some things about, uh, witchcraft" Dawn replied.
"Not teaching her spells I hope, Will"
"No, no spells, just some background and stuff.'
"OK, well, c'mon Dawn, let's go. See you, Willow"
"Bye Buffy. Bye Dawn."
When Dawn got home she went to her room and wrote down everything Willow had told her in her diary. "It's weird," she wrote "before, I never would have thought about girls like that. I've only ever thought about Xander. But now? I mean, Willow was like, crazy about Xander, but she was never happy until she was with Tara. I think I want to know what it's like to kiss a girl. I'm going over to Melinda's for dinner. I wonder if she would let me kiss her? I guess there's only one way to know, right?"